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The Best Toronto Maple Leaf and NHL Articles From The Week That Was (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)

Here are a few links for some of the best Maple Leaf and NHL articles from around the web for the week of November 26, 2012:

 

Leafs Shooting Percentage In 10-Game Segments by Gus Katsaros at The Leaf Nation.
An interesting piece in a series of articles by Katsaros breaking the Maple Leafs season into 10-game segments.  Links to his other articles in the series can be found in the body of this piece.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Complete Twitter Guide from Lukas Hardonk at The Hockey Writers.
Great piece by Lukas Hadonk.  A summary of twitter accounts, with links, for all Maple Leaf players and those connected to the organization, including media.

NHL Lockout: Maple Leafs worth a billion says Forbes by Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star.
Maple Leafs valuation jumped from $521 million to $1 billion…

Mike Kostka is turning heads with the Toronto Marlies by Dustin Pollak at Eh Game, a Yahoo Sports Blog.
In baseball they call someone like Kostka a 4A player.  Meaning that they are too good for Triple A ball but not good enough for the Major Leagues. Kostka is a very good player at the AHL, but at the age of 27 probably won’t get a crack at the NHL.

Exec’s weigh impact on NHL’s future sponsors from Terry Lefton and Chris Botta at Sports Business Journal.
A very interesting piece looking at how much of an impact the third work stoppage in 18 years will have on the health of the league. It’s not all about the fans coming back to the game, but will the corporate sponsors flock back and how hard will it be to develop new partners.

 “Jacobs should be held responsible by Joe Haggerty at CSNNE.com.
I think everyone realizes that Jeremy Jacobs is one of the hard line owners pushing for this lockout and reduction in player salaries.  Why wouldn’t he?  It will obviously help his bottom line.

Forbes and the Clean Lie by Tyler Dellow at mc79hockey.
Dellow does  a nice job breaking down Forbes’ numbers and pointing out issues in their accounting.  In a nutshell you cannot trust their numbers.

 

 

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